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Top 10 Tips for First-Time Pet Owners

kitten sleeping on couchIf you’re looking to welcome a pet into your life for the first time ever, then good for you! There are so many great joys of being a pet owner and your new furry friend is certain to light up your life. Along with the many positives that pets bring into our lives, it is also important to fully prepare your home before welcoming your new best friend.

WPTV offers some great tips:

  1. Curtain call. Be sure your windows are properly draped with materials that deter cats from using them as a scratching post, repel pet fur and dander and aren’t hazardous. Consider a window treatment designer to get the right look that’s also pet safe.
  2. Plant perils. A number of plants found in your landscaping may be pleasing to the eye, but can be harmful to your pet. Be sure to ask your veterinarian what could be poisonous and develop a plan to replace it.
  3. Sit, stay. Obedience training is a must for new dogs with no manners and old dogs with bad habits. Your pooch can be the Emily Post of the canine world — with a little guidance from an expert animal trainer.
  4. Fenced in. No matter how much outdoor space you have, protecting your pets by fencing your yard is a smart move. If you don’t want to hinder your view, think about installing an invisible fence — no one will ever know it’s there.
  5. Chemical ills. Household cleaning supplies and chemicals need to be out of reach, both in the home and the garage. Build shelves for storage or keep the materials behind closed cabinet doors because one taste could spell disaster for man’s best friend.
  6. No room to run? Busy schedules and cramped quarters can leave any pup feeling antsy. A highly rated dog walker can help to ensure Jack gets to stretch his legs on a regular basis.
  7. Stain pain. No one is immune to accidents and a stain’s a stain regardless whether it comes from a furry four-legged friend or a clumsy two-legged one. A professional carpet cleaner can eliminate any unsightly soiled spots that might occur.

A few of our added tips:
8. Chews wisely. Be sure to put away any small toys or trinkets that may be lying around the house as pets are likely to chew on any and everything they can get their mouths on.
9. Find a veterinarian. Your new pet will likely need a check-up, plus it’s a good idea to become familiar with your veterinarian should you need to make unexpected visits in the future.
10. Consider pet insurance. It just wouldn’t be right for me to leave this one out! :)

Do you have any tips or insight to give to first-time pet owners?

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

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